Living in a broken world : how young children's well-being is supported through playing out their earthquake experiences
Bateman, Amanda, Danby, Susan, & Howard, Justine (2013) Living in a broken world : how young children's well-being is supported through playing out their earthquake experiences. International Journal of Play, 2(3), pp. 202-219.
The therapeutic value of play can be shown in spontaneous play situations following children’s experiences of traumatic events. Following the events of the Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand in 2010 and 2011, an investigation was conducted of how children used the earthquake event as a catalyst in pretend play with peers and in discussions with teachers. Supporting children’s well-being is a focus area in New Zealand early childhood education as it is a strand of the national curriculum, Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education [MoE], 1996). In this article, children are observed engaging in pretend play episodes and with Learning Story books to explore personal reflections of the earthquake, prompting the children to make reference to things being ‘broken’ and needing 'fixing.' Analysis shows how the content of the pretend play experiences helped the children to come to terms with their experiences. Affording children time and interactional opportunities to play out and discuss traumatic experiences contributes to the psychological well-being of participants following a traumatic event.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Christchurch earthquake, pretend play, conversation analysis, well-being, Te Whāriki, preschool, CEDM, Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in International Journal of Play [Volume 2, Issue 3, 2013] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21594937.2013.860270|
|Deposited On:||22 Jan 2014 02:24|
|Last Modified:||15 Dec 2014 05:57|
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